Offense Finally Clicks as Sox Take Two of Three in San Francisco

Stephen Drew slugged a three-run homer in a five run seventh as the Boston Red Sox broke the game open on their way to a 12-1 mashing of the San Francisco Giants.

A night after being second guessed for his handling of the bullpen in a walk-off loss, Sox manager John Farrell was able to stick with lefty Felix Doubront for eight solid innings. Doubront allowed a single run on a Joaquin Arias solo homer in the second inning, but nothing else against a very anemic Giants lineup.

If Tuesday night represented the Sox’ recent offensive struggles, Wesnesday was surely the antithesis as the bats awoke in a big way, led by the surging Will Middlebrooks, who tattooed a Barry Zito offering to left for a two-run shot in the second, ensuring that the Sox would never trail in the game.

Boston tagged six extra-base hits, and four players drove in two or more runs as Zito’s season continued to be derailed just a season removed from a reclamation year in helping the Giants to a second World Series title in three years. The Sox dismantling of the former ace made those Series wins feel like a distant memory for a Giants team now in dead last in the NL West.

Drew's 10th home run put the game out of reach, as Boston stomped San Francisco 12-1.

Drew’s 10th home run put the game out of reach, as Boston stomped San Francisco 12-1.

The Red Sox picked up three runs in the third on a Dustin Pedroia double and a two-run single by Jonny Gomes. An inning later, Shane Victorino tagged an RBI double to make it 7-1. Victorino finished with three hits, as did Jacoby Ellsbury in the 12-hit attack by the Sox.

After an off day on Thursday, the Red Sox will travel to Los Angeles to take on the hottest team on planet Earth in the Dodgers, with a recent 54-game surge that saw them move from 9 1/2 games back and in last place, to having a lead of 8 1/2. It will be a true test for the Sox as they cling to their one game lead in the AL East. Luckily for Boston, they will miss the top two pitchers for LA in Zack Greinke (12-3 2.91 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (12-7 1.80 ERA). John Lackey will face off against Ricky Nolasco Friday night in Dodger Stadium.

Inside The Game

-Jacoby Ellsbury has now hit safely in every game against the NL, and is hitting .438 in Interleague play

-Phenom Xander Bogaerts took over at third in the seventh inning, as Will Middlebrooks made his first appearance at second. Middlebrooks helped turn a nice double-play that inning.  Later, Bogaerts reached base on an error that scored a run, as he continues to look for his first hit and RBI.

-The Red Sox are a Major League best 11-4 against the National League this season.

Jay Coorey – Senior MLB Contributor – Title Town Sports

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